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An introduction to Shape Dynamics

QMAP Seminar

Speaker: Henrique Gomes, Phys Dept, UCDavis
Location: 2112 MSB
Start time: Tue, Feb 21 2012, 4:10PM

Shape Dynamics is a theory dynamically equivalent to 3+1 vacuum General Relativity in a certain restriction of phase space. However, it has a different set of symmetries. It trades refoliation invariance, present in GR, for local 3-dimensional conformal invariance. Here we will give a brief introduction to the construction of Shape Dynamics. With time we will incorporate matter and discuss uniqueness.